Hayden Christensen discussed his acting hiatus before his return for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
It’s easy to forget about the level of backlash that George Lucas’ Star Wars Prequel Trilogy received – especially given the recent years in the franchise’s history thanks to the release of the polarizing Sequel Trilogy as well as other entries in the series since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012. Amongst the numerous elements that fans took issue with when it came to the Prequels, the quality of acting performances was one of them, and while some performances such as Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi received praise, Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christensen was subject to much derision.
Hayden Christensen will be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker AKA Darth Vader in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi event series on Disney Plus. This will mark the first time he portrayed the iconic Star Wars character in nearly two decades. Although he is more likely to receive love from fans today, the effects of some toxic fandom certainly affected him in a few ways.
While promoting the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, he reflected on his “challenging” original Star Wars experience:
“When the films came out and the critics were very critical, of course that was a difficult thing – because you care so much about this thing that you’ve invested so much of yourself into.”
Hayden Christensen also took a break from Hollywood sometime after his final performance as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. He bought a farm in the Canadian countryside and lived a quiet life from the public:
“I really took a liking to that whole environment and lifestyle and got a bunch of animals and was looking after sheep and pigs and chickens for a little while. I go through periods of being very focused on my work as an actor, and then just wanting to do other things that aren’t necessarily for public consumption.”
The return of the Anakin Skywalker actor to the Star Wars franchise has gotten many fans excited, especially alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Details remain minimal regarding the highly-anticipated miniseries’ plot, but fans can expect to see a rematch between the two.
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will hit Disney Plus on May 25, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming series, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.